Probably the most luxurious hotel in Morocco. A spectacular masterpiece exceeding the demands of today’s discerning traveller whilst reflecting the true essence of Moroccan tradition.
The meticulous design authentically replicates the classic forms of the traditional medina, with buildings, squares and gardens interspersed with intricate winding paths covering 3.5 hectares, completely surrounded by its own 5-metre wall, one side being the existing ancient city wall.
The grand entrance gate mirrors all the renowned gates to Morocco’s imperial cities and is a just illustration of the skill of the local artisans and the materials and techniques used, such as traditional cedar wood, cisele metal and sculptured plasterwork. As with the famous Bab Fes Khemis (Thursday Gate) in the city, Royal Mansour’s great gate evokes a promise of happiness, fortune and prosperity.
An oasis of peace and calm. Vividly coloured and sweet scented flora and a multitude of trees and plants are laid out in geometric designs around a beautiful fountain in the centre. The perfect symmetry is reminiscent of the gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada and provides guests with an exquisite retreat where they can read quietly or simply lose themselves in the wonder of the environment.
Two stunning restaurants and the magnificent main reception building with its fabulous lobby, bar, lounges and library entice guests forward. Interiors feature a breathtaking combination of local craftsmanship.
Guests are escorted through the main reception to Royal Mansour’s inner medina; an area of exclusivity and privacy inaccessible to non-residents.
An intricate series of underground tunnels to each of the property’s 53 riads, accessed only by staff, guarantees the utmost privacy and discretion.
There are 53 individually designed riads (private residences), each over three floors and comprising one to four bedrooms. The rooms are arranged around a central open-air courtyard with all ground floors featuring a living room, bar, lobby and an outdoor patio. The larger riads also have galleries and dining rooms. Riads feature private roof terraces with plunge pools, open fires and some have private hammams and Bedouin tented areas.
Each riad is distinctive in character and individually decorated with intricate hand-crafted techniques and finished with the finest fabrics, antiques and custom-made furniture of the highest specification. An exciting fusion of tradition and modernity, the riads are complete with state-of-the-art technology, including roofs with sensors to automatically close at a drop of rain. Touch panel-control through the rooms further enhances the guest experience of the utmost comfort and convenience.
The Royal Mansour Spa is a true paradise which promises to stimulate the senses, encourage relaxation and offer a unique spa experience.
Experts will also offer guidance in the areas of nutrition, exercise, stress management and general wellbeing. If preferred, a private area can be reserved where the guests can review the extensive programme of facilities and treatments whilst feasting on nutritious delights prepared by the hotel’s talented chefs.
The spa is based on traditional Moroccan rituals with the hammams being the pièces de resistances, but also offers the latest in contemporary spa technology and treatments.
Massages, facials, water and enveloping treatments are administered. For additional privacy, there are spa suites where private treatments and exercise take place.
The ground floor features two Hammams, a hairdressing salon with its private manicure and pedicure suites, Watsu bath area, ‘Art of Living’ working, boutique shop and relaxation area. Le salon de thé provides a haven where guests can savour a quiet moment to read and enjoy a selection of healthy dishes, herbal teas and fruit juices. An impressive indoor swimming pool in its own orangery-style glazed pavilion completes the ground floor, whilst the lower floor is an area dedicated to an impressive range of state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
Restaurants & Bars
The cuisine of Marrakech is one of the most diverse in the world. In keeping with the exemplary standards throughout Royal Mansour, a tantalising array of restaurants and bars is on offer. Under the supervision of Yannick Alléno, the famous Michelin three-star Parisian chef, there are two gastronomic restaurants: La Grande Table Marocaine offering the very best traditional Moroccan cuisine with an innovative contemporary twist; and La Grande Table Francaise, showcasing the finest in French gourmet cuisine. The lobby area houses La Table, a beautiful loggia and al fresco restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a number of private dining room and lounge options. Guests may also dine in the privacy of their riads, either in the cool interior or on the roof terrace.
Le Bar, a stunning rose gold leaf adorned cocktail bar and lounge; Le Piano Bar, a sleek sophisticated lounge offering relaxed live piano music, overlooking the Andalusian gardens; and Le Bar a Cigaré, offering an extensive selection of vintage spirits and famous cigars in a perfect relaxation lounge.
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When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
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When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.